Emotive Dublin songwriter Glen Hansard has shared a new video today for “The Closing Door”, a track from his recently released fourth solo album This Wild Willing.
Concept, animation, direction and production of the video is done by Lucija Mrzljak.
“Lucija Mrzljak is a Croatian animator whom I met in Slovenia at a singing Festival, we spoke about The Closing Door as a song speaking to environmental issues. She agreed to make the film, with freedom to interpret the words.. this is the result.” says Hansard. Watch the video HERE.
New album This Wild Willing marks an inflection point in Hansard’s career, a turning where he marries the sonic inventiveness of the best of his work in his former band The Frames to the discipline he’s found as a lyricist in his solo career.
Improvisationally recorded in France, Hansard collaborated not only with long-time Hansard associates Joe Doyle (bass) and ROMY (piano, vocals, string arrangements) on This Wild Willing but also with the classically trained Iranian musicians the Khoshravesh brothers and Dublin electronic musicians Deasy and Dunk Murphy (Sunken Foal). This is an album guided and formed by the twin totems of resolve and surrender – the resolve to see a thing through alongside a willingness to surrender, to trust in that which lies outside yourself – the other musicians in the room, your lover, your healer, your audience.
Just having finished a very successful European tour with Eddie Vedder, Hansard will next be opening for Bob Dylan and Neil Young in Killkenny, Ireland, coming Sunday July 14th. All upcoming European Summer and Fall dates are listed below (more dates TBA).
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
7/12 – Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh
7/14 – Kilkenny, Ireland – Bob Dylan + Neil Young w/ Glen Hansard
7/24 – Luzern, Switzerland – Blue Balls Festival
7/26 – Gardone, Riviera, Italy – Anfiteatro Del Vittoriale
8/4 – Dublin, Ireland – Gate Theatre
10/22 – Belfast, United Kingdom – Belfast International Arts Festival
10/23 – Belfast, United Kingdom – Belfast International Arts Festival
10/30 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau de la Música Centre
11/1 – Pontevedra, Spain – Pazo de Cultura
11/2 – Barakaldo, Spain – Bilboa Exhibition Centre
11/4 – Madrid, Spain – Teatro Neuvo Apollo
11/9 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone
11/15 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Konzerthaus
11/17 – Bratislava, Slovenia - Istropolis
11/18 – Dolni Mesto, Czech Republic – Archa Theatre